'A big night': Hawks score upset victory
Canistota coach Pat Jolley said he will remember this one.
The long-time boys basketball coach guided the Hawks to a stunning 60-59 win over No. 1 White River at the Dakota Wesleyan University Culver's Classic last Saturday at the Corn Palace.
The Tigers not only entered the event as the No. 1 ranked team, but they're Class B powers and have four state titles to their credit since 2008.
That's why Jolley was relishing in the magnitude of the victory afterward.
"I just told the boys when I am old and in my rocking chair, I will be thinking back on this night," Jolley said. "It was a big night and I was happy for them."
It was Canistota's second meeting against the No. 1 team this season. They dropped a 64-45 decision against then-No. 1 Bridgewater-Emery on Dec. 18. The Hawks were without Trey Ortman in that contest due to a concussion.
"We were pretty competitive that night," Jolley said. "So I said it's not like we haven't been here before. At halftime, I said 'I think you guys know we can beat this team,' and they agreed."
The Hawks led 39-36 at halftime and Jolley said the team's confidence grew as the game continued.
"Chase Merrill made some big baskets to get the game going and I told my assistant, 'it's really going to be important for us to get off to a good start,' " Jolley said.
Tyce Ortman hit a shot with 1:35 left to give the Hawks a 60-59 advantage, which ended up as the winning score. White River's Luke Wells' potential game-winning shot was off the mark as time expired and the Hawks celebrated the stunning victory.
"It was a great win because so many kids contributed and both teams played so hard," Jolley said.
Canistota last defeated White River during the 2011 DWU Classic. The Tigers avenged the defeat in the opening round of the state tournament.
Scotland's Fryda drills 10 3-pointers
On Feb. 8, Scotland High School girls basketball player Grace Fryda erupted for 36 points and nailed 10 3-pointers in a 76-62 win over Gregory.
Fryda finished two triples shy of the South Dakota girls basketball record for most 3-pointers in a game. Crow Creek's Ashley Ross holds the record with 12 3-pointers in 2005.
Mitchell Christian's Jill Young and Sioux Valley's Carly Granum also hit 10 3-pointers in a game. Young accomplished the feat in 2004 to break the previous state record of nine, while Granum hit the mark in 2016.